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New 20mph zone for Knighton Fields to go ahead

Published on Friday, May 26, 2017

RESIDENTIAL streets in Knighton Fields are due to be included in a new 20mph zone and get traffic-calming measures installed.

Leicester City Council ran a public consultation in March and April to gauge the level of support for a 20mph zone in a series of residential streets west of Welford Road, between Westbury Road and Knighton Lane East.

Of those who replied to the consultation, 84 per cent were in favour of a 20mph zone, and 64 per cent in favour of traffic calming measures. Emergency services, ward councillors, MPs and local schools raised no objections to the proposals.

The scheme is therefore due to be introduced. The Traffic Regulation Orders needed for the scheme will be drawn up during June and July, along with detailed designs.

The scheme is due to be in place by August 2017, and will cost about £72,000 from the council’s 2017/19 transport capital programme.

The Knighton Fields scheme includes Westbury Road, Brentwood Road, Brookland Road, Ashford Road, Oakland Road, Morris Road, Longfellow Road, Kingsley Street, Wordsworth Road, Keble Road, Wheatsheaf Way, Lord Byron Street and Knighton Fields Road East.

Moving south, the scheme includes Burns Street, Scott Street, Scott Court, Heather Road, Pope Street, Shelley Street and Herrick Road, as well as Aston Hill, Sutton Road, Great Arler Road and a section of Knighton Lane East between Sutton Road and towards the junction with Welford Road.

Traffic-calming measures are due to be installed at Knighton Lane East, Knighton Fields Road East, and Wordsworth Road, including speed cushions, and a hump to slow traffic at two existing pedestrian crossings on Knighton Lane East itself.

The scheme is part of a rolling traffic safety programme offering 20mph zones in residential areas where people have requested them to be introduced.